Collected by Sue Panno Shepard
Valtakatu 20, 96200 Rovaniemi, Finland
We ate at Nili everyday while in Rovaniemi, Finland. Reindeer meat, sausages, Lappish cheese, fresh and smoked fish, fruit chutneys and the very popular Christmas drink, glogg. I will never forget it, one of the best culinary adventures.
Marknadsvägen 63, 981 91 Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
When I first stepped into the blue folds of the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi I thought this must be what Superman's Fortress of Solitude looks like. It's that blue found in the water of higher latitudes, a blue that looks photoshopped although no...
Tarvantie 1, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland
So many lifetime experiences await friends of Christmas in Santa Park: Elf School, Mrs Claus Gingerbread Kitchen, Santa’s Office, Four Seasons Sleigh Ride, Ice Princess Ice Gallery, Giant Snow Globe, Post Office and much more to see and do....
This time last year I was making preparations to go with the family to Rovaniemi, to be at the Arctic Circle and meet Santa Claus. The kids were so excited. It's pretty adventurous for a family with small kids but not impossible. Finland is a very...
Lainiotie, Kittilä, Finland
I believe in conquering my fears. Fear of the cold is easily fixed by embracing it in a magical environment that only exists in freezing temperatures. Close to Kittila, Levi and Ylläs, the Snow Village is rebuilt every year and welcomes day...
As the son of a Finnish mother I was lucky to spend my summers growing up in this magical country. A country that has thousands of lakes where the water is so clean you can drink it like bottled water makes for special place. Last summer I spent a...
Iso Roobertinkatu 14, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
Bar Llamas has an inconspicuous presence on the pedestrian street Roobertinkatu in Helsinki's design district. The patio outside is small, but often crowded with Helsinki hipsters. Inside, it's a whole other world than you might expect. Tricked...
Hämeentie 63, 00550 Helsinki, Finland
Dating from the early 1950s, Hermanni has deliberately retained mid-century-modern look and offers two wood-paneeld and tiled sauna rooms: one accomodating about 30 men, the other approximately 20 women. You can order soft drinks and snack plates...
Karlsgatan 15, 00510 Helsingfors, Finland
Founded in 1929 and located in the bohemian Kallio section of Helsinki, Arla offers drinks, snacks, and the traditional Finnish healing technique knowing as "cupping." The tiled sauna rooms feel far more traditional than fancy, with casual and...
Unionsgatan 29, 00170 Helsingfors, Finland
One of Helsinki's biggest tourist attractions is the Lutheran cathedral downtown. The plaza in front of the church features a statue of Emperor Alexander II of Russia. There are a number dining options in the area, but one of my favorites is...
Norra Esplanaden, Helsingfors, Finland
At midnight in June and July, Helsinki glows. Here, AFAR's founders stroll the Esplanadi, a grassy park and cobblestone walkways bordered by two avenues in the heart of the city, after a dinner at Restaurant Gaijin (www.gaijin.fi). In the day,...
Åstorgsgatan 1, 00500 Helsingfors, Finland
At Kotiharjun, you'll find the city's only remaining traditional wood-burning sauna. An old-fashioned urban retreat favored by Helsinki locals since 1928, Kotiharjun welcomes travelers without catering specifically to them. As tradition requires,...
Sveaborg, 00190 Helsingfors, Finland
A popular excursion for both locals and visitors, Suomenlinna, a fortress built across a group of islands in Helsinki’s harbor, is just a short ferry or water-bus ride from the city center. Begun in 1748 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site,...
Töölö, Helsinki, Finland
Rent a bike and grab Helsinki's bike pathways map to create a custom tour. There are a few major loops and many junctures to jump from one loop to the other (i.e.,'green loop', 'town loop', etc..) Plan to be out for a couple of hours. The ride is...
South Harbour, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
Cruising the Baltic in the middle of summer is an experience not to be forgotten. We had the opportunity to dock in the South Harbor, which is conveniently located within walking distance of the city's center. This is a view looking north toward...
00101 Helsinki, Finland
In Paris, we're spoiled with bakeries on every corner, reeling us in with the sweet perfume of butter and sugar that wafts onto the street as we pass. In Helsinki, locals should feel fortunate to have Kauppatori, the city's market square where a...
Lutherinkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
One of the most famous landmarks in Helsinki is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood. Walking around, you would never spot the church as there are none of the typical signs, like a spire or a cross, marking it. All you see is a large green...